It is not surprising that the start of a new school year can bring about many mixed emotions for both students & for their family members. All changes—even positive ones such as hitting a milestone, anticipating new challenges, having a “fresh start”, establishing or renewing relationships—can bring about increased stress. Parents & other loved ones can encourage the students in their lives to communicate openly about these changes & their accompanying feelings by asking open-ended questions (“What was the best part of your day?”, “What was a challenging part of your day?” instead of “Did you have a good day?”).
The start of a new school year is also a wonderful time to begin or to re-establish healthy habits in order to ensure that students (from young preschoolers to seasoned high schoolers!) have their basic needs met. These needs include getting enough rest, having healthy meals and snacks, having a reliable support network both in & out of the school environment). It is easy to imagine the daunting difficulties that a tired, hungry, stressed student faces even before adding school assignments, educational expectations, and peer relationships into his/her day.
The staff at Siouxland Mental Health Center wish all local students & professional staff members a healthy & happy 2019-2020 school year!Leave a reply →